Mozart's Last Aria
By Matt Rees
Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780062015860, 303pp.
Publication Date: November 2011
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The news arrives in a letter to his sister, Nannerl, in December 1791. But the message carries more than word of Nannerls brothers demise. Two months earlier, Mozart confided to his wife that his life was rapidly drawing to a close . . . and that he knew he had been poisoned.
In Vienna to pay her final respects, Nannerl soon finds herself ensnared in a web of suspicion and intrigueas the actions of jealous lovers, sinister creditors, rival composers, and Mozarts Masonic brothers suggest that dark secrets hastened the genius to his grave. As Nannerl digs deeper into the mystery surrounding her brothers passing, Mozarts black fate threatens to overtake her as well.
Transporting readers to the salons and concert halls of eighteenth-century Austria, Mozarts Last Aria is a magnificent historical mystery that pulls back the curtain on a world of soaring music, burning passion, and powerful secrets.
“Matt Rees cleverly weaves music, crime, and conspiracy into a sumptuous historical whodunit, set against the decadent backdrop of 18th-century Vienna.”
“Rees nails the details of Mozart’s Vienna with precision, seasoning his story with musical details that will delight fans of classical music. . . . A beautiful book lluminated by the author’s own musical background that moves slowly and deliberately to a fine conclusion.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Engaging, well-paced. . . . Combining Dan Brown or Elizabeth Kostova–style historical conspiracy theory with cozy detective novel, Rees’s latest offers a genuinely felt reverence for the power of Mozart’s music and its lasting impact in the world.”
“An excellent choice for mystery fans and historical fiction readers.”
“Mozart, music, and murder seamlessly blend together in this fascinating historical mystery. A perfect read to go with a crackling fire and a pot of hot chocolate.”
-Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girl
“A stunning combination of mystery and meticulously researched historical fiction. . . . A sweeping, gorgeously written book.”
-Tasha Alexander, author of Dangerous to Know
“Mozart fans and codecrackers will enjoy the clever musical riddle. A very readable historical mystery romp.”
-The Times (London)
“This absorbing Viennese soap opera is a solid choice for readers who like fiction about historical figures caught up in suspenseful intrigues such as Matthew Pearl’s The Dante Club or Gyles Brandreth’s Oscar Wilde mysteries.”